Christmas Gift Ideas on a Budget

Christmas Gift Ideas on a Budget
December 16, 2014 Lifestyle Granny Flats

Christmas is a time for giving, but this does not mean that you need to feel pressured into spending money you don’t have on expensive gifts. Here are some great homemade gift ideas that your family and friends will love. A personalised, handmade gift can be so much more special than a store-bought gift.

Homemade Jam

homemade-jamYou don’t even need to be an award-winning baker for this. Homemade jam is so easy to make, and it’s very cheap too.

What you’ll need:

  • Mason jars
  • Ribbon and labels
  • 4 x punnets of strawberries
  • 2kg white sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Optional: cinnamon and vanilla

Place strawberries and sugar in a saucepan. Leave for 1-2 hours while sugar softens the fruit. Add lemon juice and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fruit is soft. Remove 1/3 of fruit and place equal portions into jars. Cook remaining mixture until the fruit is dissolved. Pour equal potions into the jars, seal and gift wrap.

Cookie Jar

homemade-cookiesEverybody loves cookies! This is another simple gift idea that is yummy and will always be well-received. Select a medium-large size jar and decorate with suitable craft paint.  This creative jar then becomes the household cookie jar for many years to follow.

What you’ll need:

  • 200g butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 200g peanuts, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 160°C or 140°C fan-forced, and line 2 large baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Using electric beaters, beat butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until light and creamy. Beat in peanut butter. Sift flours over butter mixture and use a non-serrated knife to mix into dough. Add peanuts and mix through with the knife. Roll heaped tablespoons of dough into balls and place onto prepared trays. Flatten to about 1.5cm. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly golden underneath – they will still be soft.

* Opt for choc-chip cookies if anyone you know may have a peanut allergy.

Recipe Book

recipe-bookIf you are willing to part with some of your secret family recipes, this will be a treasured gift that you can carry through the generations. Purchase a simple notebook and decorate as you wish. You can then either type out each recipe or hand write them for a more personalised touch.  Get creative, this book is your personal masterpiece. Be sure to include your name, the date and a photograph of yourself. This will be such a special memory that your grandchildren’s children can one day pass on to their children.


 Coffee Cup Sleeve

coffee-sleeveIf you enjoy knitting, sewing or croqueting, then this is another personalised gift that family members will love. You can opt for any design, style or colour that you prefer. Try to make a generic size that will fit an assortment of mugs. If you have friends and family who always purchase their morning coffee on-the-go, then a coffee cup sleeve to fit a takeaway cup is ideal! These can be kept in the car so that they are always readily available for that en-route cuppa.

These gift ideas are also a great idea as they do not require a lot of time or planning. Christmas is rapidly approaching! So if you’ve been tossing and turning about what gifts to buy on a limited budget, you can now relax and set to work on these creative and affordable ideas.

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